Re-imaginning a lady through her jewels – Magnificent Jewels. Christie’s April 16, 2013 New York Auction.
A DIAMOND AND COLORED DIAMOND RING, BY OSCAR HEYMAN & BROTHERS
Set with an oval-cut diamond, within a three-row oval-cut diamond and circular-cut yellow diamond surround, mounted in 18k gold and platinum
With maker’s mark for Oscar Heyman & Brothers, no. 12539 (partially indistinct) Estimated $8,000-12,000 Realized $18,750
Today is the big day of the Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie’s, New York.
There are some INCREDIBLE things up for sale but I especially love the pieces from the estate of Katharine Dupont Weymouth, who was the widow of two very powerful and important men, State Senator Reynolds duPont and George Weymouth.
This is NOT Katharine Dupont Weymouth … but I imagine her to be every bit as elegant as this lady modelling a Philippe Pottier, Givenchy, Spring 1956 party dress.
Looking at the pieces included in this auction from Mrs. Weymouth, you begin to see a cohesion; a love for delicate colors and floral motifs. I really enjoyed being able to imagine what she was like, how she dressed, how she carried herself through the jewels she owned.
A SET OF DIAMOND, AMETHYST AND CITRINE JEWELRY
Comprising a brooch, designed as a sculpted amethyst and citrine flower blossom with a circular-cut emerald and diamond pistil, to the circular-cut diamond leaves; and a pair of ear clips en suite, mounted in platinum, with French exportation marks and maker’s marks (2) Estimated $4,000-6,000 Realized $5,625
Mrs. Weymouth’s collaboration with New York jeweler Oscar Heyman & Brothers produced some gorgeous heirlooms. Her pieces look to be from the 1950s … there are still traces of retro motifs from the decade before but they have been lightened up by the use of white gold/platinum, diamonds, and light-colored gemstones.
A DIAMOND AND MULTI-COLORED SAPPHIRE BROOCH, BY OSCAR HEYMAN & BROTHERS
Designed as a flower with a marquise and circular-cut diamond pistil, extending shield-shaped multi-colored sapphire petals with circular-cut diamond accents, to the marquise and baguette-cut diamond leaves and stem, mounted in platinum, with pendant hoop for suspension. With maker’s mark for Oscar Heyman & Brothers. Estimated $8,000-12,000 Realized $13,750
Couldn’t you just imagine a perfectly coiffed lady pinning this brooch to a 1950s billowing pastel party dress?
AN OPAL AND DIAMOND RING, BY BAILEY BANKS & BIDDLE
Set with an oval-cut black opal within a circular and baguette-cut diamond surround, to the baguette-cut diamond shoulders, mounted in platinum
Signed B.B.B. for Bailey Banks & Biddle, no. indistinct Estimated $2,000-3,000
This black opal and diamond ring is TO DIE FOR … the opal resembles an impressionist painting.
A DIAMOND AND EMERALD FLOWER BROOCH, BY OSCAR HEYMAN & BROTHERS
Designed as a flower with a circular-cut emerald cluster pistil, extending circular-cut diamond petals, the sculpted 18k gold stem accented with circular-cut emerald and diamond detail, mounted in 18k gold
With maker’s mark for Oscar Heyman & Brothers, no. 72455 Estimated $5,000-7,000
A PAIR OF COLORED DIAMOND, EMERALD AND DIAMOND EAR CLIPS
Each set with a cushion-cut fancy intense yellow diamond, weighing approximately 2.32 and 2.14 carats, within a pear-shaped emerald and diamond surround, mounted in gold
With reports 15794919 and 15794917 dated 6 and 10 April 2007 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamonds weighing approximately 2.32 and 2.14 carats are fancy intense yellow, natural color, VS1 clarity Estimated $30,000-40,000
A COLORED DIAMOND, EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING
Set with a cushion-cut fancy intense yellow diamond, weighing approximately 9.72 carats, within a pear-shaped emerald and diamond surround, mounted in gold and platinum
With report 10155580 dated 1 March 2013 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is fancy intense yellow, natural color, VS1 clarity; accompanied by a working diagram indicating that the clarity may be improvable. Estimated $180,000-220,000
A STAR SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, BY OSCAR HEYMAN & BROTHERS
Designed as a double row of cabochon star sapphires, to the circular, single and baguette-cut diamond band, mounted in platinum, 7 ins.
With maker’s mark for Oscar Heyman & Brothers, no. 45240. Estimated $12,000-15,000
The elegant suite of yellow diamond, white diamond and emerald cluster earrings and ring, I presume is made much later than the 1950s. However, they have the same ‘feeling’ in terms of color palette and aesthetic as the pieces from earlier on.
And then there’s the sapphire and diamond bracelet, which to me, is the height of elegance.
Just picture it shimmering on the wrist at a black tie fête . . . perhaps someone is tickling the keys on a grand piano in the background, men are chatting and clinking their martini glasses while the ladies laugh, take a puff on their long cigarettes, adjust their gloves and compliment each other on their magnificent taste in jewels!